Galentine’s Getaway

Sometimes you just need time with the gals. Galentine’s Day was introduced into the mainstream by beloved tv character Leslie Knope in an episode of Parks and Recreation in 2010. Since then, the comedy show has inspired a tradition of spending time with friends during the season of love. Here’s a list of ideas to inspire your Galentine’s Getaway to the Elgin Area.

Day 1

First things first, you’ll want a place to stay. You can browse all lodging options conveniently by clicking the button below.

Next, adventure!

There are two unique experiences in the Elgin Area that are perfect to take on with friends: Goat Yoga Chicago and Plank Road Tap Room.

Chicago Goat Yoga is a nature-loving goat-centric farm specializing in activities with goats! This includes goat yoga and snowshoeing with goats when the weather is appropriate. There are group classes available but privates sessions can also be booked. It’s guaranteed to be an experience you and your friends will cherish for a long time.

Plank Road Tap Room is an award-winning tap room and is one of the largest beer gardens in Chicagoland. Aside from a great selection of brews here’s a list of what goes on at Plank Road Tap Room.

• Hiking Trails

• Snowshoeing (when hiking trails are snowy)

• Food Trucks

• Firepit rentals

• Events

• Heated/ cooled private lounge pod rental

Dinner in Elgin

Kubo Sushi & Sake Lounge


Traditional Japanese cuisine and culture with a Cali twist featuring fresh sushi and other Japanese favorites.

Café Roma


Classic Italian fare in a wood-trimmed trattoria with stone-oven pizzas, pasta and sandwiches, plus daily soups.

Al’s Café


A quaint spot located in an 1892 building serving creative American cooking and old-fashioned ice cream treats.

After Dinner Activity

Escapade 360 Entry

Escapade 360 is Elgin’s premier escape room. Located approximately 35 miles west of Chicago, Escapade 360 is the perfect complement to a night out, before or after dinner or drinks. 

Drinks at Martini Room

Martini Room is an award-winning establishment specializing in specialty martinis and other cocktails. The lounge-style interior makes it a great place place to relax, unwind and enjoy a drink.

Day 2


Here are a few spots to choose from that are perfect for brunch!

Mockingbird Bar + Garden

Fresh baked bread

Mockingbird offers an espresso bar, food that makes you feel good, + fresh small plates prepared from our wood burning oven and Sunday brunch.

Benedicts Eggs & More

Lobster benedict

Browse a wonderful selection served in a historical home with a tree growing through it. Start your morning celebration with one of our Mimosas or Bloody Mary’s.

Alexander’s Café

Alexander’s Breakfast Skillet

Casual diner with contemporary décor, a full bar and an American menu of classic breakfast options as well as steaks, burgers and sandwiches.

Spa Day at Spa Bleu

Tucked into West Dundee sits Spa Bleu. This all encompassing salon and spa is sure to have the service you’ve been looking for to treat yourself! Services at Spa Bleu include:

• Facials

• Acupuncture

• Hair services

• Massage

• Manicures & Pedicures

• Make up & Lashes

Group bookings in the spa are available and appointments can be made conveniently online.

Shopping in Dundee

While in the are check out some of the cool stops and shops in the Dundee area!

Half Full Nest


 This vintage market is housed in a beautiful 1882 historic, country church building, where we offer a carefully curated, vintage style collection of all things lovely for the nest and beyond. 



A niche boutique specializing in all things plants! Liven up your home or give the perfect gift to that plant-parent friend. In the shop you will find a variety of plants as well as plant accessories.

Midwest Retro


“We scour the Midwest for unique and stylish vintage cottage, farmhouse and industrial décor for your home or business. Authorized retailer of Jolie Matte Finish Paints & Iron Orchid Designs Décor Products.”

Boxwood Home Design


Boxwood Home Design specializes in home improvement and kitchen décor. For all questions about your next project, our onsite contractor and interior designer are happy to answer your questions!

An Afternoon Treat at Around the Corner Candy

No matter how many of the elements of our Galentine’s Getaway you choose to take part in during your visit, we always think it’s best to end a trip on a sweet note. And that sweetness is best tasted at Around the Corner Candy.






When planning your Galentine’s Day Getaway, here are some other activities and places of interest to consider!

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